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TRG-AMR - Pirelli World Challenge Championship
Posted by: newsla on Apr 13, 2014 - 05:31 PM
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TRG-AMR - Pirelli World Challenge Championship
TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America (TRG-AMR) took to the streets of Long Beach Friday and Saturday in preparation for the "Roar at the Shore presented by Kia" race, Sunday, April 13. The TRG-AMR team brings an impressive lineup of four Aston Martin Vantage car entries to the largest spectator event in Southern California. The entries include the inaugural outing of the V-12 Vantage GT3 in the GT class and three GT4s in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS class.


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The Grand Prix of Long Beach (GPLB) brings together a full weekend slate of races including the Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA TUDOR SportsCar Championship, IndyCar, Indy Lights, Pro Celebrity and Super Drift. The Long Beach Grand Prix, which is celebrating its 40th year this weekend, draws fans from all over the world to attend the renowned event. The GPLB's huge Lifestyle Expo Center and Family Fun Zone is a legendary part of the fan experience and has something for everyone.

The Pirelli World Challenge Series at LBGP featured 41 cars for Saturday's qualifying. TRG-AMR drivers include Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, Calif., No. 15 "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" V12 TRG Aston Martin GT3, who qualified 19th in GT class; Drew Regitz, No. 02 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4, who qualified 10th in GTS class;Nick Esayian, No. 34 Natural Cures TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4 who qualified 19th in GTS class; Jorge De La Torre, No. 04 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4 who qualified 20th in GTS class.


The Racer's Group (TRG), who has celebrated 58 professional race victories and 165 podium finishes, has brought an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to the Pirelli World Challenge Championship for the first time ever to the event this weekend.


TRG-AMR hosted an invitation-only car and wine gala at the Beverly Hills Aston Martin dealership on Wednesday, April 9. Guests were treated to a special wine tasting from one of the hottest boutique wineries in Northern California, Adobe Road Winery. The winery is a sister company of TRG-AMR and features hand-crafted small lot wines produced from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties.


On Thursday, April 10th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. PDT fans were able to attend a free event on Pine Street in downtown Long Beach to witness pit stop demonstrations, freestyle motocross, and the 2014 Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach pageant on the outdoor stage and much more. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Aston Martin Vantage GT3 was on display in front of thousands of fans and was a huge hit.


The No. 15 Aston Martin Vantage of local Hollywood, Calif. Driver Tomy Drissi, is sporting a spectacular livery this weekend. He partnered with Sony Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" movie to promote the May 2 release in the U.S.

DRIVER QUOTE: Tomy Drissi, No. 15 "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", opens in theaters
May 2/Drissi Motorsports/TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT3

"I can't believe the response we've gotten for the Spider-Man 2 car," said Drissi. "The movie opens May 2. It's been unbelievable. The TRG Aston Martin team has been great and all have been really working hard. We have to find a little more in the car, as it's the first time we've been out here. The most fun are the fans. The fans love Spiderman. Spiderman is for people of all ages, and the movie is really the comic book come to life. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race with the Spider-Man 2 car and I hope everyone is having fun here at Long Beach."


The No. 02 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4 GTS
during qualifying round at Long Beach
Photo: © 2014 Nate Napierala

DRIVER QUOTE: Drew Regitz, No. 02 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4

"The track is a street course, which is always intimidating. It's a lot of fun but there are a several challenges. There are many areas where we can really push the envelope, which is what I've been doing. I took another second off my time and am looking to continue doing that tomorrow. I'm hoping to break into the top six or seven for the race."


TRG-AMR driver Nick Esayian invited family members of the Special Forces Operation Warrior Foundation (www.specialops.org) to the Grand Prix of Long Beach race activities. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a top-rated nonprofit organization that supports the military's special operations forces and their families through three programs, including college scholarships, family services and financial support.


The No. 34 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4 GTS
maneuvers a turn at Long Beach
Photo: © 2014 Nate Napierala

DRIVER QUOTE: Jorge De La Torre, No 04 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4

"I'm really enjoying having all the fans in the paddock here at Long Beach. It's much more exciting than St. Pete. My mom and dad are here at the track with me and are enjoying all the race weekend has to offer, including the racer's premier party tonight. I just love being out on the track and get along great with the whole TRG crew, who are always talking and strategizing to prepare for the race."

Track: Long Beach Street Circuit in Long Beach, Calif., 1.968 miles, 11-turn street course

GTS Class: 21 Entries

GT/GTA Class: 20 Entries

Broadcast: The Long Beach Pirelli World Challenge race will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT at www.world-challengetv.com. Additionally, NBC Sports Network will broadcast the race tape delay at 2:30 p.m. PDT/5:30 p.m. EDT on April 20.

TRG-AMR North America, LLC is a full-service motorsports company focused on winning competition at every level, with one of the most successful track records of any North American racing operation. TRG-AMR exclusively operates the Aston Martin sports car racing program in North America.

In 2014, TRG-AMR fields two V12 Vantage GT3 cars in the GT Daytona class of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, multiple Vantage GT4 cars in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and four entries in the Pirelli World Challenge. This year, TRG-AMR is also launching a one-make series, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America, and services multiple customer racing programs through its total driver ladder approach.

TRG-AMR, based in Petaluma, Calif., has competed in the top levels of motor racing since it was founded in 1993. The team has earned four series championships, four Rolex 24 At Daytona victories, a victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a victory at Petit Le Mans and entered 2014 with 122 combined podium finishes in major North American sports car competition, the third-highest total in history and the most for a privateer team.

The company also offers comprehensive sponsorship and business opportunities, including traditional sponsorship, executive events, business-to-business and experiential marketing. These programs can be activated from events ranging from track days through professional motorsports.

Adobe Road Winery, TRG-AMR's sister company, features hand-crafted small lot wines produced from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties. It has developed a reputation as one of Northern California's hottest boutique wineries, producing many award-winning wines. With an Adobe Road tasting room on the historic square in Sonoma, and many special events and private gatherings at the TRG-AMR headquarters, the two companies complement each other well.

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